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voted at all for LSA junior Muham-
mad Alghanem, Shaber would have
tied Alghanem. Instead, Shaber
lost. Bouchard said there are up to
2,000 people who might have been
able to cast ineligible votes. But the
number of people who actually did
is far smaller. Only 2,100 people
voted in the entire election.
Bouchard said MSA Rep. Tim
Hull noticed the discrepancy and
brought it to the Central Student
CSJ reviewed the case and placed
an injunction blocking the elec-
tion results from taking effect. The
newly elected assembly members
will not assume their positions until
the results are confirmed by CSJ.
If ITCS is able to filter the
results, CSJ will be able to verify
the results, and the newly-elected
representatives will be able to join
"I don't expect the results to
change that much, but once we
see the numbers we'll use those to
determine the outcome of the elec-
tion," Bouchard said.
If ITCS isn't able to do that,
Bouchard said he isn't sure what
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versity by citing a factory produc-
tion order for 100 medallions with
the University's block 'M' logo from
the Junxingye Metal and Plastic
Factory in Dongguan, China.
The NLC obtained the produc-
tion order for University merchan-
dise after it was smuggled out of the
factory by a worker.
Multiple other universities,
including Brigham Young Univer-
sity, Auburn University and Rutgers
University, were mentioned in the
report as having merchandise pro-
duced at the Junxingye factory.
Charles Kernaghan,' director
of the NLC, said the University of
Michigan's production order includ-
ed in the report represented a small
amount of the total university mer-
chandise produced at the factory.
"That's just a snapshot of what's
being made there," Kernaghan said.
The NLC report stated that workers
earned less than half of the 55-cent
minimum wage required by law in
the southern province of Guang-
dong, where the factory is located.
Workers were being forced to
work up to 15.5 hours a day for seven
days a week, which exceeded the
Chinese labor law mandating an
eight-hour workday for five days a
week, the report stated.
The report also found that work-
ers were forced to work an average of
51 hours of overtime, which exceeds
China's legal limit by 514 percent.
School of Social Work Prof. Larry
Root, chair of University President
Mary Sue Coleman's Advisory
Committee on Labor Standards
and Human Rights, said the com-
mittee would discuss the findings
of the NLC report at its meeting
The committee oversees the Uni-
versity's licensees and reviews their
The NLC's report marks the sec-
ond time in less than a month that
a factory producing University of
Michigan merchandise was the tar-
get of allegations of labor violations.
Last month, the Worker Rights
Consortium released a report alleg-
ing that a Mobile, Ala., factory
owned by University licensee New
Era racially discriminated against
black workers in pay, hiring and
Adidas, the University's new
athletic apparel supplier, has also
been embroiled in labor disputes,
most recently in El Salvador, where
a factory subcontracted to produce
Adidas apparel has yet to com-
pensate workers for unpaid wages
and severance pay after closing in
Ian Robinson, a researcher for From Page 1A
the Institute of Labor and Indus-
trial Relations, said the discon- donated directly to protect civilians
netted nature of the global market displaced by the conflict.
for apparel and merchandise pro- STAND raised about $500 from
duction, often involving suppliers, button sales and donations, accord-
contractors and subcontractors scat- ing to the group. The money will go
tered throughout the world, makes to the Genocide Intervention Net-
it nearly impossible to monitor and work's CivilianProtection Program.
enforce labor standards in factories. The program works with the United
"The system is setup to minimize Nations and the African Union to
labor costs and accountability for protect people in refugee camps.
companies," Robinson said. STAND members chose to par-
Although the production order ticipate in order to combine efforts
contains the University's logo, the to educate students and encourage
University itself is not directly con- activism on the Darfur issue, Lard-
nected with the factoryunder inves- ner said.
tigation. "This really involves the person,"
The report states that Full Start she said. "They don't justlearn some-
Ltd., a Hong Kong-based company, thing, they do something. The fast
submitted the production order forces people to realize how much
for the University medallions. It is they have and how much we take the
unclear which University licensee ability to walk to class without being
ordered the medallions through raped or tortured for granted."
Full Start Ltd. LSA freshman Joe Pieroni - one
Kernaghan said there was no of 255 students signed up to attend
documentation that the factory the event on Facebook.com - said
existed until workers secretly con- he was also planning on buying a
tacted the NLC. button instead of coffee.
"Every single labor law was vio- "If you only spend $3, then you
lated, every overtime law violated," could protect a woman in Darfur for a
Kernaghan said. "There was abso- day-that's pretty ridiculous,"Pieroni
lutely nothing about this factory said. "Itwouldhangonmyconscience
that is legal." to not donate the $3. It would have
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no real effect on my life, but it would
really help someone else."
Despite his intentions, Pieroni
missed the button sale and was
unable to donate the $3.
Pieroni wasn't alone in missing
the donation. A few STAND mem-
bers admitted that they didn't sac-
rifice any money or goods, but they
said theysacrificed their time.
LSA senior Catrina Armendariz
said she also wasn't able to donate
yesterday. "I had a classmate who
was asking for donations, but I
couldn't give anything," she said.
Several other students also said
they hadn't heard about the event
but would have been interested in
donating. When presented with a
website to donate, however, the stu-
dents appeared less than enthused.
More than 800 student groups
across the world participated in Dar-
fur Fast. Accordingto Sean Redding,
a sophomore at George Washington
University and communications
coordinator for the national STAND
organization said that with 300 uni-
versities participating last year, the
group raised $150,000.
"We've proven in the past and we
will prove today that small dona-
tions from individuals make a big
difference on the ground," Redding
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